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Brittany Laughlin
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I understand the problem you refer to and agree with you, though in this case I meant something slightly different. I have no problem being vocal in support of women (or other underserved groups), but I felt that for a man to speak against zero-tolerance for sexual harassment could easily be misinterpreted. I think people like Caldbeck are terrible and deserve to be publicly shamed and removed from their positions. But what I see happening sometimes is that someone does something really egregious, and then the masses cry out for zero-tolerance response, which, as you eloquently explained, prevents those who made genuine mistakes from fixing their mistakes, and more generally removes learning experiences for everyone.

Furthermore I really appreciate your point that a bigger problem is the hurdles that face reporting, which unfairly punishes the victim. I loved your suggestion: “let’s take improvement over perfection.”

By the way, I write regularly about topics related to diversity and talent management. I’d be interested in exploring this specific issue of the potential drawbacks of zero tolerance, and the importance of addressing the real problems vis à vis sexual harassment in the workplace. Any interest in discussing this in a bit more detail? At a minimum I could cite you as a source, perhaps co-author something?

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